Latest data from Safe Work Australia shows that the leading cause of serious claims (that result in one or more weeks off work) is body stressing. Of the total 106,260 claims that were made during the 2016-2017 reporting period, 40,330 or 38% related to body stressing.*
Typical body stressing injuries include muscle strains, back conditions, and tendonitis/tenosynovitis. Some work practices involving lifting, sustaining postures, and using repetitive movements may increase your risk. Recent research found that stress in the workplace may also directly influence your risk of body stressing injury.
Typical warning signs of body stress injuries include:
- regular feelings of discomfort or pain
- tired all the time/sick and run down
- not getting things done at work
- feeling overwhelmed by your workload
- lacking in confidence or unable to concentrate
- feeling stressed at work
- needing to take extra time off work
How to avoid body stressing injuries:
It is everyone’s responsibility to ensure a safe workplace. There are several things you can do to reduce your personal risk of body stress injuries. These include:
- Take regular breaks. Move around, especially if you have a sedentary job.
- Seek assistance to establish a safe working environment.
- Contribute to safe working practices by talking to your manager.
- Talk to someone early if you are feeling the symptoms of body stressing.
There are excellent resources online. For example, you can download this handy Comcare guide to preventing body stressing injury.
*Source: Safe Work Australia